Kittens Helping Ingrid Brush Her Teeth

Over the last few weeks, Ingrid and I have been discovering that everything — absolutely everything — takes longer when you have kittens. Writing, reading email, cooking dinner, emptying the dishwasher, getting dressed in the morning… everything we do takes more time now, because the kittens are interfering trying to help. Even watching TV takes longer than it used to: we watch a show for about five minutes, and then have to pause it for five minutes because the kittens are doing something cute. There is no aspect of our home life that hasn’t been made more time-consuming: by kittens getting in the way, by their distracting cuteness, or — in the all-too-common worst-case scenario — by the dreaded combination of the two.

As documented by these photos Ingrid took the other day, when she was trying to brush her teeth.

The rest of the series after the jump.

I love how in that last one, Houdini is looking all world-weary and put-upon. Like, “You see these ridiculous little tabbies and what I have to put up with?” As if she hadn’t been playing in the sink with the running water just ten seconds ago.

Kittens Helping Ingrid Brush Her Teeth
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21 thoughts on “Kittens Helping Ingrid Brush Her Teeth

  1. 1

    Oh, they look like they were a HUGE help! These pictures are wonderful. I particularly like how the kittens look ready to pounce on the water escaping down the drain.

  2. 2

    If those kittehs are anything like my adults kittehs things will not improve much when they are grown-up. It can still take age for me to get to the bathroom if one, or both, of them decided to escort me. Reading a newspaper can take ages as well, if one of the cats decides she wants to read it as well.

  3. 3

    I’d say it doesn’t improve with old age either 🙂 My cat is soon 21, and she’s still a total expert in being in the way in all sorts of ways 🙂

  4. 4

    This. Is. So. Cute! *heart bursts*
    Please keep the kitty pictures coming, they are adorable and I like to look at them when I’m feeling sad 🙂

  5. 5

    OK, all them are cute but Houdini is absolutely heartbreakingly gorgeous. I feel a pressure in my chest that will only be relieved by going home and initiating a massive snorgle-fest with mah own kittehs.

  6. 8

    😆 They are so cute! It’s obvious one is a girl (calicoes, as a rule, are girls, but tabbies can be either), but just how many are boys and how many are girls?

  7. 9

    Uh oh. Someone didn’t take their environmental lesson from Barney the Dinosaur to heart!

    …But while I’m brushing my teeth and having so much fun
    I never let the water run, no, I never let the water run
    I never let the water run, no, I never let the water run…

  8. 11

    The bathroom sink at our house IS the big watering hole for the tribe. Rowdy, their dearly departed Father, taught the kittens to drink from the bathroom sink. We are not sure how he learned this but a leaky faucet at his previous home is the prime suspect. I have pictures of them lined up watching him and taking visual notes.

    Regardless, he disliked drinking anywhere else and passed this on to his offspring. They will NOT be DENIED! First thin in the morning at at intervals throughout the day. Our daily habits (lives) now include checking periodically to insure the water has not been left running for TOO long! Small price to pay for their need/desire for FRESH water. And it reminds me of that beautiful boy.

  9. 12

    Just wait until you have to try to make the bed with three full-grown kitties in the way. 🙂

    After my old cat died, I was amazed at how little time it took to make the bed with nobody “helping” me. After I wound up with two cats, I was amazed at how much longer it took me to make the bed with two than with one…

  10. 14

    Steve, I hear and understand. I have extra help(4)and couldn’t do it without them! Every once in a while when just too tired I have to shut the door and make the bed by myself. Upon opening the door, THERE THEY ARE and they come running in to check if I did it correctly! Sometimes I even shout, “Bed ready for inspection, Kitty Sargeants!”

  11. 18

    I really know how you must feel sbout the three kittens, as I used to have two snow-white ones. I was mad about them and felt very sad after one of them got accidently knocked down by a car and the other ate poison that was laid out by a farmer. The wilder of them was the most caring towards her litter. Thanks for sharing them with your readers.

  12. 19

    And I thought it was hard getting ready for work around one big cat on the sink. We have three, but they don’t all get together to drink out of the faucet. 🙂

  13. 20

    Oo, you’re in for a heap of trouble with cats expecting to get up on the sink. The one rule for my troop (4 inside, 1 outside) is that if I can sit on it so can you, but if I don’t sit on it you can’t either.

    Which of course means that nobody gets up on the table or counters…when I can see them. Sigh.

    On the other hand, The Boys make great hot pads on the bed, especially when The Boyfriend has gotten up and left for work.

  14. DLC

    The good news is, studies show that pet owners or cat cohabitators tend to live longer, so maybe it balances out in the end. . .

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